WASHINGTON — As a member of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee, U.S. Rep. Randy Feenstra, R-Iowa, joined his colleagues in sending a letter to Committee Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson and Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight Chairman Bill Foster, urging them to hold a full investigation into the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID-19 has crippled economies and taken the lives of over four million people worldwide. Feenstra and his colleagues argue congressional leaders owe it to the American people to get to the bottom of the pandemic’s origins.
“If we expect to fully understand the origins of COVID-19, relevant committees of jurisdiction, including the Science Committee, must come together in a bipartisan manner and use our oversight powers to uncover the truth, identify lessons learned, and establish best practices for future public health challenges,” the members wrote. “Moving forward, all available evidence and theories must be considered fairly, and the process must be transparent, free of conflicts of interest, and protected from political interference.”
Feenstra has called for a thorough investigation into the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic, including in a letter sent in May to Speaker Pelosi. He also participated in a Science, Space, and Technology Committee hearing earlier this month, where he questioned health care professionals specializing in virology on the origins of the virus. Feenstra has also been critical of China’s role in distributing vaccines and then using them as geopolitical leverage, cosponsoring the Curbing China’s Vaccine Diplomacy Act.
Read the full text of the letter below:2021-07-30 Science Republicans to EBJ--COVID Origins